Thursday, January 29, 2009

God's Perfect Design?

Yesterday after taking the kids to the park I stuck them both in the bath before their naps. We usually don't bathe them together but to save time I did. Elijah was amusing himself by dumping cup after cup of water on Lydia's head. She was tolerating it but not enjoying it. I told him to stop and he grabbed the washcloth and started scrubbing her. Here is our conversation:
Elijah: "I am going to wash your tushie Lydia--turn over. Now I am going to wash your penis."
me: "Lydia doesn't have a penis, she's a girl."
Elijah: "What's her got?"
me: "A vagina."
Elijah: "Come here Lyddie, I am going to wash your vagina. Oh no! Mom--God pulled her scrotum off too!!"

My conclusion: No more baths together :)

Monday, January 26, 2009

Baby Daze

Today was our first day keeping "P." I think we did great--she was happy most of the time.

I felt kinda bad because her mom was running a little late and I had to rush out as soon as she got here to drop off EJ at preschool and then talk with her really fast before her classes started at 9:30. Then it was Deja vu again, she got here about 5 minutes before I had to go and pick Elijah up so I rushed out again. Hopefully tomorrow morning will be smoother transitioning!

Elijah was disappointed he wasn't here to play with P but I am sure that will wear off once he sees she is here so often. He is really excited about the baby.

I was reminded today how much children change so quickly! I can't believe Lydia was that tiny just 8 months ago! She looks huge next to P. She kept saying "Baby" and squealing to get P to look at her. P didn' t much care for Lydia but I guess they'll get used to one another :)

I was also reminded of how crazy life can be with a bitty baby. I have gotten so used to our schedule now that I know when Lydia goes down for her nap and when she wakes up and when she'll eat. P is somewhat of a wildcard--not really a set routine. It was interesting but we just sorta went with the flow and didn't leave the house. She played around, when she started getting fussy I put her in the sling and she was content.

I am sure this is going to be a really challenging but rewarding job!!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Gettin My HGTV on!

I posted a while ago about a wall quote. I was looking into those wall quotes--whew!! What a budget buster. I went to Target today because my black and white pictures came in the mail yesterday. I was looking for some simple frames figuring I could just hang the pics and worry about the quote later. Guess what??!! Target has wall quotes (and they are removable!!) for just $15!! I can totally afford that! It wasn't the quote I had in mind but I like it a lot. They also had these photo boxes on clearance for a little under $3 each. I want a group of 3 pictures so I went ahead and hung them. Hopefully I will get a picture of me and one of the kids laughing to put there. Here's the before and after--I love how it turned out!!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Another Kid!

Starting Monday I will be keeping "P" an adorable 2 month old baby part time. I am so excited! It is going to mean some pretty big schedule changes--juggling two babies for preschool drop off, no more childwatch in the mornings at the gym (guess we'll go after naptime), and two little morning nappers in the house. Lydia was absolutely captivated by P today and I think it is going to be fun to have a bitty baby around the house again (especially because I will be able to send her home with her mommy everyday!) I told Elijah today that we were going to have a baby coming to play.

He said:
"Is it Lydia's friend?" (me: yes-her name is P)
"Does she crawl around?" (me: No-she's a little baby.)
"She drinks mommy milk? Are you going to fix her mommy milk in a bottle?" (me: yes)
"Your mommy milk? Lydia likes your mommy milk." (me: No-she'll drink her mommy's milk)
"Yep--her's not a baby cow. Only big boys and baby cows drink cows milk."

And that was the end of the conversation.

Got to love the logic.

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Lyddie Grace

I love this stage in her life--her little brain is going a million miles an hour. Today she said Mah-mama while we were at Grandmama's house. Yesterday she kept calling for Bampy. It is so amazing how fast they acquire language.

Elijah was running around today in the playroom and she held up her little pointer finger (like I do when I want him to pay attention to his Warning) and said "Brabruh Woah!" and shook her head no! She didn't want him to knock into her. I love it!

I love how when she's tired and hungry she'll say "bah-bah" (bottle) and sign milk at the same time. I love how when I walk into Childwatch after working out for an hour she'll yell "Mama!" like it has been forever since shes seen me.

Basically, I love my little girl to death, even if she and her brother are on a two child mission to ensure I never get a full nights sleep again :)

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!








Well, the kids are Southerners! They liked the snow for about the first 2 minutes, then they were cold and wet and wanted to go inside. I think we spent longer getting them gloved and dressed than we did playing outside. I am hoping that they will like it more when the snow isn't pouring from the sky and getting down their shirts. The wind was also blowing and the windchill was about 11 so they weren't really enjoying it at all. Elijah wanted to make a snowball and go sledding like in the book "The Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats. I am hoping this afternoon we can go to the middle school and go sledding on the hill there. Our yard is too flat. We'll see though--if it is too cold and wet we might wait until tomorrow morning to try it.
EJ cracked me up today at lunch when he kept reaching in the snow with his bare hands (he kept taking off his gloves) then he would cry because it hurt his hands. Lydia just got furious at her gloved hands. Baby gloves are like mittens with no thumbs so she couldn't do a thing with her hands except wave them around. It was funny!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Thanks!

Lydia has started saying "Thanks!" and it is so cute! She'll hand you a toy and want you to say "Thank You!" then hold out her hand for you to give it back to her and when you do she'll say "Thanks!" It comes out most of the time like "Thaaaaa!" but she is putting the -nks on some of the time.

She is also a obedient little girl, albeit a frustrated one! Today we went to drop off a Thank You card at a friends house and she saw a plastic bag full of stuff on their hall table. She made a beeline to it and I said: "Lydia . . .No!" She stoped dead in her tracks, sat down, faced me, shook her head no, then clenched her little fists and screamed in frustration before crawling back into the living room. Too cute!!

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

A Little Update

My little stepper. She can stand for well over a minute now and is starting to try and go small distances herself.

Ahhh. . . last night was my scrapbooking night, I love it! Once a month I get to go through pictures for 5 hours and be crafty. I wish it came around more often!

I was so tired and so busy yesterday. I sold another cake this weekend (check out my cake gallery to see it!) and I spent Lydias morning nap decorating that. Thankfully my parents took both kids for the afternoon so I was sure to get a nap. Between Justin snoring and the kids waking up 3 times each I got less than 2 hours of sleep! I DON'T miss that! I got in a good nap and woke up in time to shower, clean the kitchen, start a load of diapers and have a little time with my hubby before heading out to my scrapbooking night.
Elijah is off at Nana's today and I am really hoping for a good nap this afternoon snuggling with hubby. I don't care how many socks I put on or how many blankets are on the bed, without his warm body next to mine I can't seem to get warm enough in the bed.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Delish Supper!

Tonight I made a delish supper--Rachel Ray would have been jealous! I made it in 15 minutes and Elijah ate a TON of it! It was so good!

Here is the recipe so you can wow your own family!

Peasy Pine Nut Delish

1/2 Red onion diced
1 packet pine nuts (the small one for $3 at the grocery)
1 bag frozen baby peas
1/2 yellow or red bell pepper-diced
5 slices bacon
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tbsp italian dressing
1/2 box barilla plus angel hair pasta

Start the water to boil--add a handful of salt to the water. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile add 2 tsp oil to a pan and saute the onions until they are transluscent. Add the diced bell peppers and saute a bit longer. Add the peas and vinegar and dressing and put the lid on to thaw the peas out. Zap the bacon until its crispy-pat all the extra fat off, peel off the nasty fatty pieces and crumble up the good stuff into the pan. Put the pinenuts on a baking sheet and put them in the toaster oven on "medium" toast to brown them. You can also put them in broil in the oven but they are really easy to burn so watch them closely! Add the pine nuts to the pan. Stir to coat everything. Serve the stuff over the pasta and add parmesan reggiano cheese if you want.

It is so good!!

Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Pictures of Us!

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Dentist Visit #2






I am so proud of my little man! We went to the dentist today for the second time and he did great. He wanted to wear his sunglasses like on the Wiggles video of the dentist so that the light didn't get in his eyes. He wore them all morning, in the waiting room and then the chair. As soon as he was done he took them off. They offered him stickers and a balloon and he said "No Thanks. I am 2 years old. I don't need that stuff. I am brave enough without it." I was trying so hard not to laugh at him! He really doesn't get into balloons at all. They painted his teeth with some flouride and said everything looked great. The dentist could tell right away EJ had already given up the paci. His molars look good and his mouth is plenty big for whatever other teeth might grow.


On an unrelated note--anyone got any good scripture or quotes on Laughing or Laughter? I took this picture and I have another good one of Lydia laughing and I was thinking about getting them blown up in black and white and framing them and putting a quote on the wall (something kinda like the picture below).

Sunday, January 11, 2009

A Sunday Miracle!

This morning EJ called out at about 6am. I jumped out of bed to get to him before he woke his sister and I didn't realize my leg was asleep. Asleep as in completely numb and I couldn't feel it. I stepped down and my ankle buckled and I heard a huge crack and felt tons of pain. I actually blacked out for a second and was just sitting there on the floor writhing in pain. Justin heard EJ over the monitor and came up and I called to him and got his help to get back to the bed. Justin shut EJ's door after telling him to hush and go back to sleep and proceeded to get me some Ibuprofin. I was squirming all over the bed, sweating and kicking myself for my clumsiness. I was trying to decide if my ankle was broken or not and at first I was convinced it was. I couldn't move my foot, it was extreemly painful and I was in agony! After a couple of minutes the pain started lessening and I decided I needed to take a shower. Even if it was broken I wan't going to the ER in my pj's and stinky and grimy. I ended up having to sit down in the shower because I was about to pass out again from the pain. Then a MIRACLE happened. I got out of the shower and there was almost no pain. I was able to walk around. It is a little stiff and a little swollen, but it isn't broken!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Monkey George

Elijah went to his first movie today--its a big milestone that I missed to stay home and sleep with Lydia. He and his daddy had a men's morning out and they went to the movie at 10am. They shared a popcorn and soda and watched Curious George the movie. It was all free!!

All day long Elijah told Justin that he was the "Man with Yellow Hat" and he was "Monkey George." When they got home I asked him about the movie and he said:
"He didn't jump on the bed. We were laughing 'Haha!!' but he didn't jump." I am guessing he got 5 little monkeys and Monkey George mixed up.

Justin said he did great and sat still. Unfortunately he peed in his pull up which didn't hold it and he wound up peeing on Justin's lap. Being the good daddy he is, Justin just sat with Elijah through the rest of the movie with a wet lap.

I don't think it will become a regular outing but it was special this time.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Guilt

I am feeling horribly guilty about the dye stuff. I mean I put my little boy in the shower to get him to stop screaming after I had basically "poisoned" him with toothpaste. That's like punishing someone for getting sleepy after taking a Tylenol PM. It is unfair. I just feel really guilty about it and know it is something that I am just going to have to forgive myself. I can't undo what's been done but I can just redouble my efforts to keep Elijah and Lydia and our family dye free.

Our new "Dye"t

We are on a dye free diet. Many of you know this. We have been doing great and Elijah is doing wonderful! Recently though he has been having horrible tantrums that take me back to the days of eating fods with dyes in it. I coudn't figure it out--I am so careful with him now. Everyone at church knows, preschool knows, grandparents know . . . I even pack his snacks and stuff for church to avoid problems.

So anyways---I was giving Lydia a bath last night, a treat that normally daddy enjoys--and I was washing her hair. I noticed her new shampoo was pink. Hmmmm . . . wonder what makes it pink. Guess what?? RED #33 and RED#40!! UGH!!! Then I looked at the Johnson's baby lotion that I absolutely LOVE the smell of--RED #33! Then I looked at the Yellow Johnsons soap--YELLOW #5 and BLUE #1! UGH!!! Then I thought . . .EJ's brand new Dora toothpaste is pink--wonder what THAT has in it--Guess what RED #40! I am so mad! He's been using the toothpaste since Monday and having tantrums when he woke up from his nap since Monday. Guess what--he brushes his teeth right before he lays down.

First I am mad at myself for not thinking of this sooner. Second I am mad at these companies. Little kids don't really care if their shampoo is colored. What is the benifit of adding these wretched chemicals to their shampoo and toothpaste?? Why do the dyes have to be in everything!! This is my personal opinion but I think the rise of ADHD and other disorders is from all these chemicals we are feeding our kids and rubbing into their skin.

So what did I do? Well I tossed the toothpaste (I can't freecycle a 1/2 used bottle can I??) and I went to the pantry and looked and found a baby shampoo I'd gotten on clearance that doesn't have any dye in it. I plan to freecycle or give away the Johnson's stuff to someone who's kid isn't sensitive to dyes (though I do feel bad that someone else is gonna rub these chemicals into their kid.)

It's off to Target this morning for some Tom's natural toothpaste Strawberry flavored and some California Baby lotion and shampoo. That stuff ain't cheap!! I think we're going to join the Greenville Co-op and get the stuff in bulk to save a bit of $$.

Rant over.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Steppin' Out With my Baby




Lydia is growing up so fast! She slept through the night last night for the first time--11pm was her last feeding and she got up this morning at 7am. 8 hours!! She is also standing for about 5 or 6 seconds and stepping too.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Whew--a day in the life of a two year old!
We had a great morning and made the cutest cupcakes for Elijah to take to preschool tomorrow. Except for putting on the icing, he dipped and decorated them solo. I think they turned out great!! He is really good at getting the eyes and mouths where they need to be. He ate a terrific lunch and we brushed teeth, read stories and all went to our beds for a nap. I was feeling like a pretty good mom--I made cucakes from scratch with both kids, used pasturized eggs so they could lick the beaters, decorated some adorable cupcakes, made a nutritious lunch they actually ate and enjoyed and was at the top of my game.

Fast foward 2 hours to a very grumpy child waking up from his nap. I have no idea why he woke up in such a foul mood but he tantrumed in the hallway, waking up Lydia, peed on the floor, screamed at me for picking the wrong bowl to put his snack in and then proceeded to go downhill from there. Poor Lydia got woken up from her nap by a screaming brother, who tried to knock her out of my arms and then steal her snack. After an hour I had had enough of it. We'd prayed, I had spanked him, we'd prayed some more, I had tried time out . . . He was at the point in his rage that he was going to hurt himself or me so I knew I had to end it. How? I put him in the shower with all of his clothes on and sprayed him until he stopped screaming. It only took about 5 or 6 seconds of cold water. He was shocked but it worked. HE stopped screaming, let me dry him off, get him dressed, get him a snack and he played while I made dinner. It is so hard to believe he can go from turning over bookcakes and screaming, to snuggling and drinking milk in less than 5 minutes. Whew--I went from feeling like super mom to super dud!
Then I read this in my mothering magazine from MOPS.
God chose YOU to parent your child. He knew every bad thought, every frustrated moment, every spanking you would give. He knew you would be selfish sometimes.
I just have to keep saying that God is in control. I am the best mother for Elijah--God hand picked me to raise him. I am up to the challenge. I just have to take it day by day and sometimes minute to minute. I am raising a Man of God, not just disciplining a little boy.


Saturday, January 03, 2009

Happy New Year!



I know its been a while since I've posted but I finally got the camera figured out and I am back after 3 days at the beach. We had a good new years--the kids and I spent it freezing our kabookies (sp??)off at the beach with granny and grampy. Justin stayed home. Here are some pics to get you all caught up with the latest Denton Doings.


Here is my "Top 10" ways for NOT spending my time on New YEars Day at the beach--
It's actually a top 125 ubt I think you get the point. Air Temperature-25 degrees. Windchill--20 degrees. Water Temperature-49 degrees. ABSOLUTELY NOT the way I want to spend New Years (Though from the smell on some of the men's breath they had been "preparing" for the dive all night long at the bars in town).

Beaching it on New Years Day--It was so cold!! The wind chill was in the 20's.





Swimming at the heated indoor pool. The kiddie pool was about 15 degrees colder than the big pool. After Elijah froze in the baby pool we convinced him to swim with us in the big pool. He's regressed a bit and didn't like going under :( I guess I will have to work with him to get him back to the water baby he was. Lydia LOVED the water and floated like a pro. We were amazed at how well she did.




Ahhh--the all important skill of being able to eat Kix out from between your toes. Thanks Granny!!


Yep--Lydia can do it too.





The kids riding the bucking pig at Kings BBQ in Kinston at lunch today.